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November 14, 2012

Vikings GM has "100 percent" belief in QB Ponder

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Spielman also lauded Frazier for his work with the fourth-youngest roster in the NFL. The Vikings are coming off back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North and won just three games last season. Most expected 2012 to be another rough rebuilding year, but so far the team is much more competitive.

"Leslie's been doing an outstanding job," he said. "Knowing the situation that we were going to have a lot of new faces on this roster, and I think the coaching staff has done an outstanding job.

"We can bring in guys that are talented, but it's our coaches who should get the credit for developing these guys. And our coaches should get the credit for playing these guys and letting them grow into the positions as they grow."

Frazier has one more year left on his contract, but Spielman declined to discuss an extension. He did the same with Harvin, the do-it-all threat who was garnering some MVP consideration before spraining his left ankle. Harvin has one year left on his rookie contract and the Vikings have a history of extending their core players before the final year begins.

"We will keep all that in-house," Spielman said. "I don't want to say anything about where we're at with any of our players right now. Right now, the whole focus is for coming back out of the bye."

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